Little Chicago

Open Road Media
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Little Chicago opens in the office of Children’s Services, where eleven-year-old Blacky Brown is being interviewed by a social worker who is trying to determine what has happened to him. At first, Blacky’s emotions are blocked, but then he reveals that he has been sexually abused by his mother’s boyfriend, and is released into his mother’s custody. Thus begins an alternately harrowing and hopeful story of a brave boy’s attempts to come to grips with a grim reality Mary Jane, a classmate who is similarly ostracized, tries to help Blackie, but he soon takes refuge instead in the gun that he buys easily from his sister’s boyfriend.
Little Chicago is an unblinking look at the world of a child who has been neglected and abused. It portrays head-on the indifference and hostility of classmates, teachers, and even Blacky’s mother, once these people learn his “secret.” Like Sura in The Buffalo Tree and Whensday in The Copper Elephant, Blacky is one of Adam Rapp’s mesmerizing voices, more so because it is a voice so rarely heard.

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About the author

An acclaimed playwright, Rapp was a 2006 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Red Light Winter. Further playwriting honors include Boston’s Elliot Norton Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the 2006 Princess Grace Statue Award, a Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship, and the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, Rapp was honored with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award.
Rapp is also the author of a number of young adult novels, including Under the Wolf,Under the Dog, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; 33 Snowfish, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults; and Punkzilla, which was named a 2010 Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Additionally, Rapp is the author of the upcoming adult novel Know Your Beholder (Little, Brown, 2015), the adult novel The Year of Endless Sorrows (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2006), and the graphic novel Ball Peen Hammer (First Second Books, 2009).
As a filmmaker, Rapp wrote and directed Winter Passing, starring Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell. He has begun production on the film version of Red Light Winter—starring Ben Foster and Olivia Wilde—which he adapted from his play. Scott Rudin is producing the movie.
A graduate of Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, Rapp won the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting fellowship at Juilliard.
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Open Road Media
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May 27, 2014
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Juvenile Fiction / General
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"Rapp remains a true man of the theater and a potent writer."—Time Out

"To watch The Hallway Trilogy by Adam Rapp is to enter an alternate universe . . . a carnival of the desperate, the grotesque, the outrageous."—The New York Times

"I knew in a single sentence that Adam was a writer the world was going to listen to for as long as he felt like writing. . . . Adam writes like nobody else, his fierce poetic power as inescapable as the doom that waits for his characters. The work is bleak and true, his touch that of a master in the making."—Marsha Norman

Multi-talented artist and provocateur Adam Rapp shocks and disturbs, weaving themes of love, suffering, and redemption throughout this alarming yet heartening critical examination of societal change. Spanning one hundred years in one Lower East Side tenement hallway, this series of connected plays—Rose, Paraffin, and Nursing—is a dark and compelling exploration of what binds people together and drives them apart. Packed with searing dialogue and harrowing narratives, The Hallway Trilogy "bristles with humor" and "contains some of Rapp's most sensitive and mature writing" (The New York Times).

Adam Rapp is a novelist, filmmaker, and an OBIE Award–winning playwright and director. His plays include the Pulitzer Prize finalist Red Light Winter, Nocturne, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Finer Noble Gases, Essential Self-Defense, and more. He is the author of many young adult novels such as Punkzilla, The Buffalo Tree, and Under the Dog, and the writer and director of the film Winter Passing, starring Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, and Ed Harris.

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